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Column: Retail, Overseas Shopping & More

Column: Retail, Overseas Shopping & More

[Opinion column written by OBA Senate Leader Ben Smith] In the final senate session for this term on Wednesday, October 6th the junior Minister of the Cabinet Owen Darrell presented a statement on the Bermuda Post office. This was a statement to highlight the new initiatives that would help to save a department that has been losing money for a very... Read more of this article

Column: Dr Ewart Brown On Getting Vaccinated

Column: Dr Ewart Brown On Getting Vaccinated

[Column written by Dr Ewart Brown] Please, Please, Please, Please… I am not one who typically begs, but extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. 38 people died in Bermuda during the month of September. Our morgue is overwhelmed, such that our dead are being kept in makeshift freezers. Millions have died from Covid 19 around the world. Extraordinary... Read more of this article

Column: “Where Is The PLP Back Bench?”

Column: “Where Is The PLP Back Bench?”

[Opinion column written by OBA’s Dwayne Robinson] Bermuda is currently in an economic and health crisis. In the battle to stay afloat financially and protect themselves from Covid-19, Bermudians need competent elected officials to craft legislation that improves the state of the island. The One Bermuda Alliance frequently hears, “Where is the Opposition?”... Read more of this article

Column: “Please Take The Vaccine”

Column: “Please Take The Vaccine”

[Opinion column written by the OBA's Dr Douglas DeCouto] Please allow me to add my voice to the chorus: “please take the vaccine”. Twelve is the magic number. As of September 18, unvaccinated Bermudians were 12.6 times more likely to die from Covid than those who were vaccinated. [1] Taking the vaccine decreases your likelihood of dying from Covid... Read more of this article

Carla Seely Column: Educational Planning

Carla Seely Column: Educational Planning

[Written by Carla Seely] Children are like a good mystery novel – lots of twists and turns, a few unexpected surprises and sometimes not always the ending you were hoping for. There are many books written about the underachieving child who needs to be motivated, or the gifted child who requires constant intellectual stimulation. Rarely do you... Read more of this article

Column: Kempe On Insurance, Taxes & Fees

Column: Kempe On Insurance, Taxes & Fees

[Opinion column written by OBA Chairperson Catherine Kempe] “Mr. Speaker, there are no other meaningful increases to the cost of government services or other fees and taxes. There is a fragility to local finances that cannot be further strained by increased taxes.” – Curtis Dickinson, Minister of Finance, Budget Statement February 26, 2021. Let’s... Read more of this article

Podcast & Column: Covid, Laws & Your Rights

Podcast & Column: Covid, Laws & Your Rights

[Written by Dr. Anthony Richardson] Welcome to the first ‘This is Your Law with Dr Anthony Richardson’ law column and podcast. This edition is entitled The Bermuda Constitution: Your Rights Are Not Absolute [Covid 19], Vol. 1.Your Tool Kit Your tool kit for this law column and podcast consists of the following:1. The Bermuda Constitution2.... Read more of this article

Column: Pearman On Covid, Parliament, More

Column: Pearman On Covid, Parliament, More

[Opinion column written by OBA Shadow Minister for Legal Affairs and Transport Scott Pearman] In politics, what goes unsaid often reveals the true narrative. It’s been observed before: silence speaks volumes. When Parliament returned from the short August break, the House of Assembly was demonstrably silent. The PLP has 30 elected MPs. Yet last Friday... Read more of this article

Column: I Support Minister’s Message On Testing

Column: I Support Minister’s Message On Testing

[Opinion column written by Opposition Senate leader of the OBA/Shadow Minister of Education Ben Smith] The Minister of Education the Honourable Diallo Rabain has continued to promote the role that testing can play in getting our local schools to return in-person learning. He stated, “The saliva screening programme is an additional safety measure to... Read more of this article

Column: Executive Presence Is Skill, Not Trait

Column: Executive Presence Is Skill, Not Trait

[Written by Lorene Phillips] The results are in: professionals who master the art of executive presence are promoted more often, command higher salaries, make better team leaders, and drive more results than those who do not. So, what is this ‘IT’ factor of ‘presence’ or ‘gravitas’ that everyone desires. In simple terms, people who have... Read more of this article

Column: Carla Seely On Murphy’s Law

Column: Carla Seely On Murphy’s Law

[Written by Carla Seely] Murphy’s Law – can you ever really plan for the unexpected? I am not superstitious but I certainly take note of patterns and trends, whether it is “Things always happen in threes” or “It’s Murphy’s Law” – meaning anything that can go wrong will go wrong. One thing I have discovered over the course of my life... Read more of this article

Column: Robin Tucker On Financial Assistance

Column: Robin Tucker On Financial Assistance

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Robin Tucker] Before the summer break, the Senate debated legislation that allowed the Government to extend the financial assistance payment limit by two years. In practical terms, the change allowed eligible able-bodied recipients of financial assistance to receive payments for as long as seven years, if needed. Covid-19... Read more of this article

Column: Crystal Caesar On FinTech Industry

Column: Crystal Caesar On FinTech Industry

[Opinion column written by MP Crystal Caesar] You’ve seen the sensationalist headlines about a person who met with the Government to present their business operations years ago, never got licensed in Bermuda and ran afoul of the law! Naysayers want you to believe there is guilt by association. The reality is, Bermuda has established a strong, sound,... Read more of this article